College safety is a thing to be learned

Kiara McClellan “My life was in danger one night after leaving a party,” said Alphonso Martinez, a psychology major from Buena Vista, Georgia, who was a freshman in the spring. He and some of his friends attended a house party one night where a man who seemed intoxicated was making doughnuts with a sports car in an apartment complex parking lot. Martinez was almost hit. “As I was crossing the street, all I could hear was a loud engine in the background and hearing him come closer and closer,” he…

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A guide to avoid the freshman 15

Emily Paige Blodgett Students can learn how to avoid the freshman 15 and stay well by knowing the services offered at Troy University and nearby. “How far do you have to walk to get an apple?” said Dr. Theresa Johnson, associate professor teaching classes in nutrition, as she explained what a food desert is. It’s when you don’t have a lot of access to fresh fruits, and you do have access to fat and sugar. This happens when the cafeteria shuts down at night. Troy students have food options on…

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Experience college beyond boundaries

Ngoc Vo His first journey to Vietnam started a different chapter of his life. Chad Downs, a marketing major from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, who was a senior in the spring, took part in the Troy Study Abroad program to Vietnam in the summer of 2012. That was where he met Yen Bui, a Vietnamese Troy student who is now his wife. The diverse student population at Troy University poses a variety of opportunities for students to advance personally and professionally whether they stay on campus or travel. Downs said…

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New season, new coach, new prospects

Kiara McClellan Troy University’s new head football coach, Neal Brown, said his team is preparing for the 2015 season by working on physical and mental toughness, discipline, confidence and accountability. “We’ve got to get bigger and stronger,” Brown said. “That’s our No. 1 emphasis.” Brown succeeded coach Larry Blakeney, whose record was 178-113-1 in his 24 seasons at Troy. Blakeney retired after the 2014 season, in which the Trojans won three games and lost nine. Brown is Troy’s 21st head coach. At 35, he is the second-youngest head coach in…

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A-list tips for roommate friendships

Hannah Crews Camri Martin-Bowen said she is glad she got to experience having a roommate early in her college career. “It’s brought me out of my shell,” said Martin-Bowen, a nursing major from Wetumpka who was a freshman in the spring. “I was tired of being an introvert all my life.” A roommate can end up being friend or enemy. Here is some advice from past roommates, resident assistants and housing staff. n Contacting the roommate: “It did take a long time to contact my roommate because she didn’t check her…

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